Your first appointment will be with a consultant or another member of the surgical team. You can bring someone with you to this appointment.
At this stage, it's not guaranteed that surgery will be right for you. Only the consultant can make this decision, after carrying out tests, making a careful assessment and weighing up all the treatment options available to you.
You may want to ask your specialist the following questions:
If an operation is necessary, this will be your chance to find out what the operation involves, why it's needed, and whether it's suitable for you. Below are some questions you may want to ask:
Don't be afraid to ask practical questions, such as:
Make sure you discuss any concerns with the consultant.
You may wish to ask if there's any written information about the operation or procedure you can take away with you.
The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) website has the answers to more questions about surgery.
At the end of the session, your consultant may book your operation or ask you to come back for a further appointment. Once booked, you should receive a letter with details of your operation, asking you to confirm you're happy with the proposed date and time.
Before having a planned operation, your consent should be obtained by the surgeon well in advance. This is to ensure you have plenty of time to examine any information about the procedure and ask questions.
If you change your mind at any point before the procedure, you're entitled to withdraw your previous consent.
Read more information about consent to treatment.
See preparing for surgery for information and advice on getting ready for your operation.
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